Past events

IME Postgraduate Medical Ethics Education Symposium

Ethics Education after Medical School

5 June, St Catherines College, Oxford Click here for venue details

Medical ethics is un-controversially a core element of contemporary medical practice. It is a component of all medical school curriculae. Ethics is also present, albeit in a patchy manner, in postgraduate medical education. Here it appears as a part of training newly qualified doctors, for doctors in specialist training and for continuing professional development. It appears as a refresher of principles underlying acceptable and praiseworthy practice, for purposes linked to professional roles such as leadership, education, and research, and as a survival skill for doctors who have to deal with every day issues. Postgraduate medical ethics education comes in myriad forms ranging from a seminar at a hospital grand round, to an array of postgraduate diplomas and higher degrees.

This event will offer an opportunity for academics, educators and clinicians to better understand the purposes, nature and problems of postgraduate ethics education. Dr Steven Bolsin, our international guest keynote speaker, will address the connections between medical ethics and patient-safety.


0930 Registration

1000 Welcome by IME education committee chair, Ms Georgia Testa (University of Leeds)

1005 Plenary 1 What is the point of ethics education for qualified doctors? Five orientations for postgraduate medical ethics education Dr Andrew Papanikitas (Academic Clinical Lecturer Oxford) and Dr John Spicer (HEE)

1035 Plenary 2 The online medical ethics casebook Dr Mikey Dunn (Ethox, Oxford)

1105 Coffee& networking

1130 Plenary 3: Ethics education in The UK Foundation Years Dr Laura Machin (Lancaster Medical School) and Miss Lorraine Corfield (Lead Healthcare Law and Ethics, Keele Medical School) (Inclusive of 5 minute Trainee Response by Dr Joshua Parker, Foundation Year Doctor)

1210 Plenary 4: Case study: Ethics in GP Specialist training Dr David Molyneux (RCGP CSA examiner, GP in Trawden, Lancashire) (Inclusive of 5 minute Trainee Response by Dr Selena Knight, Academic Trainee in General Practice)

1245 Lunch, Posters & Networking

1400 3 x Parallel Workstreams (Open discussion to capture a sense of learner needs, intellectual content, pedagogical approaches and opportunities/barriers for ethics education of/for doctors):

The UK Foundation-Years and Ethics Education

UK Speciality-Training and Ethics Education

Ethics Education and Continuing Medical education

(Depending on numbers and interest we may combine a+b or b+c on the day)

1445 Coffee & networking

1515 Reconvene and reports from work-streams

1530 Keynote: Modern medical ethics and patient safety Dr Stephen Bolsin

1630 Next steps discussion and close of meeting (Chair Dr Andrew Papanikitas)

1700 Networking Reception (please let us know if you plan to remain for this by selecting the sub-event during the booking process)

Registration: £30 (includes 3-course lunch and refreshment breaks).

IME member rate: £26

Trainees from all medical disciplines are welcome at this event.

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If you plan to arrive on Sunday 4th, please do let us know by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . There will be delegates and speakers around at this time and it would be a great opportunity to network.

Accommodation in Oxford on Sundays is surprisingly reasonable - click here for hotels

*Please note there are no car parking facilities and delegates are advised to use the park and ride facilities or public transport.